Project Description


Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!

by Kyle Mewburn
illustrated by Ali Teo & John O’Reilly

Every time Auntie Elsie comes to visit she gives Andy two big sloppy kisses. Kiss! Kiss! on the left cheek. Kiss! Kiss! on the right cheek. Yuck! Yuck! Andy says to himself.

Andy is a fast runner. But not fast enough to outrun Auntie Elsie. Andy is good at hiding, but Auntie Elsie always finds him. When Auntie Elsie breaks her leg and stops coming to visit, Andy begins to miss Aunt Elsie and her sloppy kisses. Then one day, a taxi pulls by the gate and out come two crutches. Now it’s Andy’s turn to get Aunt Elsie. Kiss! Kiss! Hug! Hug!

Kyle Mewburn’s story of an overly affectionate aunt will resonate with readers, who will instantly recognize the bond of love that unites the two characters. Ali Teo and John O’Reilly’s colorful and quirky illustrations, which combine freehand drawing and photographic collage, exaggerate the humor of the story.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-457-0
Publication Date: 9/1/2008
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-7/8″ x 9-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-759-5
Publication Date: 8/1/2017
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-7/8″ x 9-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 1.9
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD430L
Themes: Affection, Family, Relationships, Respect
BISAC 2: JUV013000 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


“Rhythmic text and repetition will make this useful as a read-aloud and good for beginning readers to tackle.” ―School Library Journal

“A hilarious story full of insights into family relations.” ―Wichita Eagle

“Endearing and fascinating…” ―Virginian-Pilot

“An absolutely adorable picturebook. Any child who has had to endure the kisses of those who love them can relate to Andy. The pencil, photo and fabric collage illustrations are playful and fun. I especially like the colorful collage of Auntie Elsie’s clothes and shoes, giving her a touch of eccentricity. This is a perfect read aloud for children ages 4-8. It will elicit both groans and laughter from boys in the room who hate mushy kisses. Adults will enjoy reading aloud this book over and over. Highly recommended.” ―Boys to Books

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“Kids will definitely want to pore over these pictures and find all the details.” ―Abby the Librarian

“Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! is a visual and auditory delight, and will make an excellent read-aloud for the four to eight year old set. Highly recommended!” ―Jen Robinson’s Book Page

“You can’t not love the characters in these illustrations!” ―A Year of Reading

Read Less


Flicker Tale Children’s Book Awards (Winner, Picture Books) ―North Dakota Library Association, 2009-2010

The Best Read Aloud Picture Books ―Curriculum Materials Center at Minnesota State University Moorhead

Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (Primary) ―NYSRA, 2010

Meet the Author

Kyle Mewburn was born in Australia and educated at the Queensland Institute of Technology. She’s had all sorts of jobs, including sports reporting, teaching, traffic counting, and volunteering on a kibbutz. Now she lives in New Zealand in a house that she built herself and writes books. She is the author of Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!, Bear in the Room Next Door, No Room for A Mouse, Duck’s Stuck, and Ant’s Baggy Pants.

Meet the Illustrator

Ali Teo grew up in New Zealand and studied graphic design. Ali has illustrated several books, including Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!, Barnaby Bennett, and Oh Hogwash, Sweet Pea! Ali lives and works in New Zealand, along with three dogs and a bird.

Meet the Illustrator

John O’Reilly grew up in New Zealand and studied graphic design. John lives and works in New Zealand, along with three dogs and a bird.